On this day in 1936 Fred “Butch” Baird was born. Baird is an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and the Senior PGA Tour (now known as the Champions Tour).
Baird was born in Chicago. He learned the game at the age of 14 from his father. He turned pro in 1959 after working in the Texas oil fields for a few years after high school.
Baird won two official PGA Tour events during his career: the 1961 Waco Turner Open and the 1976 San Antonio Texas Open. The San Antonio victory came 15 years, 5 months and 10 days after the Waco win, and was the record for longest time span between victories in PGA history until eclipsed by Robert Gamez in 2005. His career year came in 1976, when in addition to his San Antonio win, he finished 46th on the money list with $58,192. Also in 1976, came his best finish in a major championship â€” a T-4 at the U.S. Open.